Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has spoken for the primary time because it was revealed he would give up rugby league on the finish of the 2021 season to play rugby union.
It’s understood the 2018 Dally M winner will play Super Rugby for the Blues subsequent season, with a long-term objective to play for the All Blacks on the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Talking for the primary time alongside Warriors CEO Cameron George and coach Nathan Brown, Tuivasa-Sheck confirmed he can be departing the NRL on the finish of the season.
“This will likely be my final yr with the membership and sure, I will likely be transferring to NZ rugby subsequent yr,” he mentioned.
“The membership has been supportive of the request and giving me the choice to discover.
“Rugby has been the sport I’ve grown up enjoying. It is all the time been there within the background. It is all the time been there, it is no secret.
“To do it now in a time like this and have the membership’s help, that is why I selected it now.
“However rugby is down the road and all that stuff will occur later within the yr.
“2021 is my focus, I am enthusiastic about this yr and so ought to the Warriors and NRL followers be.
“There’s nonetheless numerous targets I am chasing [in league] and that is what I am attempting to do that yr with the membership.
“We have got an ideal group right here and training workers to do one thing particular this yr.”
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George mentioned Tuivasa-Sheck’s choice to depart the NRL had been mentioned “for plenty of weeks” earlier than each events mutually agreed to a launch for the top of the season.
“This ain’t a bombshell for the membership,” George mentioned.
“Peter O’Sullivan, myself and Roger have been discussing this for plenty of weeks now.
“The vital factor for us is to respectfully discover the choices with Roger and perceive what his wishes had been.
“On the finish of the day, Roger has earned the respect from the membership to come back ahead and decide the choice we have now come to.”
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